Sunday, 13 October 2013

Describing Architecture














Describing Architecture is an annual exhibition which explores the representation of architectural ideas. Curated by Alice Clancy and Antóin Doyle, the work of over 50 participants is on display bringing together artists, architects, landscape architects, graduates and students. The diverse body of work from models to photography, film, sculpture, drawings and painting offers visitors an insight into the architectural design process. 

This year the exhibition was held in the octagonal room in the Irish Georgian Society, South William Street. The building which is in the most atmospheric state of disrepair is set to be carefully refurbished by the society next year. As vital as we're sure the restoration work is to preserving the building, it would be a shame not to see it in its current state so be sure to pop in the next time you're having a stroll about town. 

Careful thought was given to the layout of the exhibition which was reminiscent of many architect's offices or student's workspaces. Display tables resembled architect's studio desks with desk lamps illuminating the work upon them. Bull dog clips fixed photographs, drawings and written descriptions about the works to the crumbling walls. 

As a recent graduate architect and an architecture student we know all too well how much time goes in to designing and developing architectural projects which may never be realised and are often seen solely by colleagues, fellow students or examiners. This exhibition offers a platform from which this work can be acknowledged and appreciated. We only wish we didn't have to wait another year for the next one!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Beacon of light









































This concrete wasteland has an unsung beauty which was the ideal backdrop for a Derelicte inspired post. The 14-storey concrete skeleton has become iconic for all the wrong reasons- a Celtic Tiger graveyard to rival the Anglo headquarters shell in the docklands. The abandoned grey tower has supposedly been sold to Irish investors for a paltry  €1 million. The part-built block will accommodate about 125 apartments when completed though progress has been thwarted as developers await approval from planning officials.

Its reinforced columns and poured concrete floors provided an eery setting to showcase our favourite new pieces from Lithuanian label D.Efect and 2nd Day, the younger sister to Day Birger et Mikkelsen, both newly introduced to Ireland and available solely from Arnotts. 

D.Efect is headed by designer Egle Ziemyte and her husband Simon who both have highly impressive career histories. The couple cite Maison Martin Margiela and Acne as previous employers and these influences are evident in their signature clean lines and minimal shapes which we adore.

2nd Day is a youthful label where you’ll find quirky separates with a collection built around a jeans and denim lifestyle. Their urban,rock chick edge is clear-cut in the blazers, jerseys and t-shirts which are perfect for effortless twenty-four hour luxe. We're lusting after their CANARA fur gilet so badly!


Coats for this season are identified by their cocooning silhouette and dropped shoulder lines which is why we were drawn to D.Efect's Autumn Winter collection immediately. Our hero pieces for outerwear were the leather sleeved coat with oversized pockets on the front(worn by Ciana) and the oversized double-breasted coat in a dusty grey (almost pinkish). The peplum hem dress and striped silk skirt were also firm favourites. These timeless pieces won us over with their tailored shapes and quality fabrics- smart buys. We want it all!

Thank you kindly to Arnotts for supplying the beautiful clothes for this shoot. All items are available from Arnotts Department Store at 12 Henry Street, Dublin 1.

All styling and photography is our own.

Ciana wears:

First Look 


D.Efect COCO DANICA Coat in Beige

D.Efect black GILES trousers
2nd Day backless top
Own Zara boots


Becky wears:
First Look


D.Efect oversized GENNA coat
2nd Day black jeans
Own Asos boots

Ciana wears:
Second Look

D.Efect peplum hem ORINDA dress
D.Efect LOLA crop striped jacket

Shoes as before.


Becky wears:
Second Look

D.Efect striped skirt
D.Efect cream silk oversized shirt
2nd Day backless top
Shoes as before.